One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Australian cycad with palmlike leaves and a sunken underground trunk.
Macrozamia spiralis, family Zamiaceae
- ‘In the foreground are burrawangs and beautiful native wattle in flower.’
- ‘Spotted gums with a canopy of burrawangs form the main plant community in the park.’
- ‘Up the slope of the mountain the scrub is less, and massed burrawangs hang out their fronds as if to repel the wanderer.’
- ‘Further afield there are grevilleas, burrawangs, tree ferns, huge native grass trees and towering gums to get lost in.’
- ‘Hardy brush box, native elm and tuckeroo tower on the ridge tops above the low understorey of palm-like burrawangs.’
- 1.1 The poisonous nut of the burrawang, which becomes edible after prolonged soaking.
- ‘The original terrain was full of eucalypt, figs, geebungs, yams and burrawang nuts.’
- ‘Burrawang is a nut that is present only in the coastal fringes.’
Early 19th century: from Dharuk.
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